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Smarter Mom: Easy Ways to De-stress

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Who need a break? Okay, let me rephrase...who doesn't need a break? This whole mommy thing is pretty amazing, but on many occasions, it is tiring and frustrating. Add in everything else Life can toss at us, and we are an army of stressed-out moms.

Everyone de-stresses differently. You may love ice cream, while I may be lactose-intolerant and crave chocolate-covered pretzels. My husband loveslovesloves massages, but I can't stand them...they make me more stressed. Meanwhile, he cannot sit through any sort of fluffy romantic comedy on the Lifetime channel that does the calming trick for me.

Here are five great ways to calm, de-stress and knock down that anxiety!

Long bath -- Really, water and steam, some candles a good catalog or two and the worries just wash off into the tub.

Exercise -- Zumba or running six miles. Doesn't matter what you do, getting moving gets the stress to move out.

Dance party with the kids -- This may seem like an odd one, but turn up some awesome dance tunes and just let loose. Not only will it help you, it will tire out those kids, which means easier bedtime...which is a treat if I ever heard one.

Drink tea or hot chocolate -- Get some tasty warmth into your body. Soothing, calming, yumming (yes I made up that word).

Daydream -- When was the last time you stopped, put your head on a pillow and daydreamed. About anything...doesn't have to be big or small, just let your mind float where it wants to. Taking a break form planning and organizing and taking care of, well, everything for even a few minutes can do wonders for that stress level.

What is stressing you out these days...and how do you de-stress? 

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by on May. 22, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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bether89
by Ruby Member on May. 22, 2012 at 9:33 PM

 I like to take a bath and read a book.

Kainalu55
by Ruby Member on May. 23, 2012 at 12:04 AM

i de-stress by getting online!

jendawn1
by Silver Member on May. 23, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Ugh lately its been food :( need to start a better way. Thanks for the tips.
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lasombrs
by Sara on May. 23, 2012 at 8:02 AM
getting my son's iep done is stressing me out. i never get a break though
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momkaribg
by Kari on May. 23, 2012 at 12:04 PM
A hot bath helps some.
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GypsiSky
by Platinum Member on May. 25, 2012 at 8:47 AM
Honestly, I don't get stressed. But ths is a great article!!
charlene_kyle
by Charlene on May. 29, 2012 at 10:00 AM

 Read. Shower. Watch tv.

allyexa
by on May. 29, 2012 at 6:41 PM

I have tried many things like yoga, listening to calming music, it helps a little but i guess its not enough due to the fact that im struggling with anxiety, and panic attacks at night. So I will try just about anything i can?  

alliesmom112
by on May. 29, 2012 at 7:58 PM

i love to go for a walk. I turn on my ipod and tune out the world.

Madelaine
by Ruby Member on May. 30, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Summer break and fighting kids..............

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